Postcards from 100 years ago



  • Spit Bridge and road
    The First Spit Bridge was built in seven months from timber, 46 years after the residents of Manly first requested one and 37 years after the first plans were drawn up.
  • Como
    The Como Rail Bridge is one of twelve lattice truss bridges ordered, imported and constructed for the Railway Department of New South Wales, Australia [from 1871 to 1887]
  • Pyrmont Bridge
    Pyrmont’s colourful history dates back to 1799, when it was purchased by John Macarthur for a gallon of rum.
  • Suspension Bridge - North Sydney
    This picturesque bridge has had many name references to it over the last 100 years including: The Suspension Bridge, Northbridge; The Suspension Bridge, Cammeray; Cammeray Bridge; The North Sydney Suspension Bridge; Suspension Bridge, North Sydney.
  • Fig Tree Bridge
    Fig Tree Bridge is a girder bridge that spans the Lane Cove River, west of the CBD in Sydney, Australia. It is immediately to the north of Tarban Creek Bridge and the more well known Gladesville Bridge. The bridge carries Burns Bay Road and a footpath and connects the suburb of Hunters Hill to Linley Point.
  • Other Bridges

Sydney Harbour Bridge 

Built in 1932, under the directions of Dr J.J.C. Bradfield of the NSW Department of Public Works, the bridge was designed and built by British firm Dorman Long and Co Ltd.  

The bridge's design was influenced by the Hell Gate Bridge in New York. It is also the sixth longest spanning-arch bridge in the world, and it is the tallest steel arch bridge, measuring 134 metres (440 ft) from top to water level.  It was also the world's widest long-span bridge, at 48.8 meters (160 feet) wide, until construction of the new Port Mann Bridge in Vancouver.  

The Sydney Harbour Bridge falls outside of the time frame of this collection but is included because of its iconic nature.  .

237 Harbour Bridge

238 Bridge

Opening day

230 Bridge









94 Aerial View












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